City of Rapid City receives mask mandate petition, looking to use PSA’s to bring awareness
RAPID CITY, S.D. — After receiving a signed petition with over 300 signatures requesting a mask mandate, the City of Rapid City is looking to public service announcements to help get the message out across to the community.
Pennington County and the state have seen an uptick in COVID-19 cases, but city officials are looking to find other ways to flatten the curve without passing a mask mandate.
They hope that partnering with local health officials will bring home the message to wear a mask to protect yourself and others.
“If we are talking with our physicians as our nursing staff and respiratory therapists; getting their involvement, insight and feedback is crucial and we need to partner,” said Laura Armstrong, the Rapid City Ward 5 Alderwoman and City Council President.
City officials say they are in constant contact with the South Dakota Department of Health and will monitor the situation to see if the mandate is needed.
Armstrong also said that the city is hoping for the public to wear masks to not only protect themselves, but others as well.